Memory Training: Various Methods
What is memory training? Many people have trouble remembering things. Whether it is simple items on a shopping list, or the complicated plot of a movie or book, memory comes in handy every day, and when remembering is difficult, it can affect all aspects of work, school and life. Memory training isn’t complicated. It just means improving your ability to remember. There are different levels of memory training, and many different methods are commonly used, including:
- Sudoku, crosswords, and other puzzles
- Video games like Nintendo’s BrainAge
- Board games and card games like Concentration
- Eating right, and exercising
- Professional cognitive training programs like LearningRx’s ThinkRx
Depending on the degree of memory training you need, any of these methods may help. Everyone experiences occasional memory lapses. Experiencing a certain amount of memory decrease is common as we age, but you don’t have to settle for this — memory training can help you keep memory sharp. But what if memory has always been a problem? What if, from childhood, you have struggled to remember friend’s names or the material you learned in the classroom. Even if lessons make sense while you are learning them, it doesn’t help you much if you can’t retain them. These symptoms could mean that your (or your child’s) memory problems are rooted in something deeper. If this is the case, cognitive training is the best answer, and perhaps the only answer.
Memory Training: Cognitive Brain Training Can Help
Memory training that focuses on cognitive skill weakness works by targeting memory centers in the brain that are weak and using one-on-one individual training sessions to make them strong so that the brain can carry out the tasks that need to be carried out. A brain with even one weak cognitive skill is kind of like a shopping cart with a busted wheel. You can still do your shopping with it, but it will take you longer, and be much more frustrating. And if all four wheels are broken, you’ll have to carry the cart around the store, which is completely inefficient. Similarly, if all your cognitive skills are weak, learning will be next to impossible. Cognitive skills programs, including memory training, fix the wheels on the shopping cart so that a person can learn without impediment.
If remembering is difficult for you, it would be a good idea to take a cognitive skills test to find out if weak cognitive skills are causing your memory problems. If cognitive skill weakness is the reason you struggle to remember, specific memory training (like what is offered at LearningRx) will help. The cognitive skills involved in memory fall into two categories:
- Long term storage and recall memory - Long term memory is the “library” of facts on which we build our concepts and the knowledge we accumulate. Recall skill gives us or limits our access to this stored information.
- Working memory — Working memory handles the dynamic job of holding data during the learning experience while we are receiving multiple bits of new information. The brain then combines and processes that information — sometimes with information held in and recalled from long-term memory — to create new concepts and understanding which are then stored in long term memory.
Memory Training: Where to Start
Memory training really works. The reasons behind a bad memory are often mechanical and practical, and so the solution must also be practical. Cognitive memory training is a viable solution that has worked for thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. Professional cognitive memory training can benefit people with mild to severe memory issues. You can train your brain at any LearningRx brain training center, and start improving your memory today. It’s never too late to become a better learner or to have a better memory. Click to find a learning center near you.